View Full Version : Drwatson crashing - is it a trojan?

13-03-2009, 11:44 AM
Hi all,
recently VLC has been crashing on my machine while watching .mkv files. Checking eventvwr showed a couple of .dlls being silly, but also drwatson crashed a couple of times. After some research I found that a trojan sometimes hides itself as drwatson. Looking in my system32 folder I found drwatson.exe and drwtsn32.exe. Does anybody know if either of these is nasty?

Speedy Gonzales
13-03-2009, 11:49 AM
What are the names of the dll files??

Drwatson is legit drwatson32 by the looks of it, is a trojan (Drwatson32 isnt on here (XP)

Are these files on your system??

# %System%\syscache\DrWatson32.exe
# %System%\syscache\DrvWtsn32.dll

Get trojan remover update it then scan

Or check this out (http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2005-022222-5440-99&tabid=1)

It could be what you've got

If this is what you've got DONT do online banking, as it steals information. Fix this first

13-03-2009, 12:00 PM
I'll have to check later. I haven't got an internet conn. at home at the moment, so I'll save that page and have a look around.

13-03-2009, 12:46 PM
Dr Watson is a debugger in Windows. It is a pain in the ass and something I disable any time I install Windows. It has been in several versions of Windows.


13-03-2009, 03:22 PM
How do I disable it?

13-03-2009, 04:15 PM
Part way down the page there is a link How to disable Dr Watson